Mardi Gras New Orleans
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Steeped in tradition as well as embroiled in controversy, Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the American state of Louisiana, with a focus in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting on Shrove (Fat) Tuesday (Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday”) in February and running about two weeks. Given the good weather in that Gulf of Mexico state at that time of year, outdoors is where things happen.
Visitors enjoy at least one parade per day (check out Mardi Gras World, a huge complex where the floats are made), picnics, dancing, costumes and masks, music, especially jazz (a new Orleans standard), food and drink (lots of drink!), and round-the-clock partying.
Catch trinkets and strands of beads that are tossed from the floats. Be sure to wear the classic Mardi Gras colours: purple, green and gold.
As always, whether Mardi Gras or any day, book your hotel and restaurants well in advance, and remember that New Orleans suffers a fairly high crime rate, so store your valuables and be aware of what’s going on around you.